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Guidance on overhanging trees and shrubs

 

Trees and shrubs overhanging the highway.
Adjacent landowners have a duty to ensure that their trees and shrubs do not obstruct the highway.

- "Obstruction" includes not only right of passage but also the view of drivers, and light from street lamps.

- "Trees and shrubs" includes vegetation of all kinds.

The council can require the landowner to cut back the vegetation, and if the landowner fails to do it, there are powers of enforcement.

Clearance must be 2.5m above footways and 5.2m above roads.

The Highways Authority is Oxfordshire County Council and they have a duty to enforce the Highways Act 1980.

from Oxfordshire County Council web site

Trees over the public highway

It is our policy that trees over the public highway have a clearance of 5.2m to allow unimpeded access for normal height vehicles. We also require trees over public footways to be at a height of 2.5m to allow unimpeded pedestrian access.

These heights have been selected as an acceptable national standard and any vegetation below this may be deemed to be an obstruction. We may enforce Section 154 of the Highways Act 1980: this allows us to serve notice upon the owner of the trees to maintain the public highway in a safe manner.
It is important to remember that wet, leaf laden branches may droop a metre lower than in their winter leafless state.  . . . . .

Highways Act 1980 Section 130

Protection of public rights.

(1) It is the duty of the highway authority to assert and protect the rights of the public to the use and enjoyment of any highway for which they are the highway authority, including any roadside waste which forms part of it.

Section 154

Cutting or felling etc. trees etc. that overhang or are a danger to roads or footpaths.
This gives the highway authority powers of enforcement.

Guidance on Tree Pruning in the Old Headington Conservation Area

Oxford City Council has a guidance page on their website relating to the care and maintenance of trees in a Conservation area

English Heritage has a guide to managing trees in a Conservation Area

All trees in Conservation Areas are protected if they have a stem diameter of 75 millimetres measured at 1.5 metres from ground level. In general, it is an offence under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 for anyone to undertake work to a tree in a conservation area without giving the Council six weeks written prior notice. The notice period is for the Council to decide if the tree(s) should be protected from proposed work by a TPO

The Council advise that it is best leave the big trees to expert contractors, such as those on the Arboricultural Association Register of Approved Contractors who have appropriate qualifications and insurances;

www.trees.org.uk.

Reports and quotations can be obtained from the following contractors that work regularly in Oxford:

Arboricultural Association Registered Consultants

J Barrell 
Barrell Treecare
6 Pullman Way Business Park
Ringwood
Hants BH24 1EX 
Tel: (01425) 475666

R. R. Finch
Welland Way
Gloucester Road
Welland
Malvern
Worcs WR136LD

Tel: (01684) 310700

Dr P.G.Biddle
Willowmead
Ickleton Road
Wantage
Oxon OX12 9JA

Tel: (01235) 762478

Arboricultural Association Approved Contractors

BOWARD TREE SURGERY LTD
The Log Quarry
Church Road
Long Hanborough nr. Witney
OXON OX8 8JF

Principal or Manager:

Mr M Boys
Tel : (01993) 880500

JENKS OXFORD LTD
Unit 5 Wharf Farm
Eynsham Road
Cassington
Oxon OX29 4DB

Principal or Manager :

Mr P Jenks
Tel: 01865 881738

COMPLETE TREE SERVICES
‘Wayside’
Kingston Stert
Chinnor
OXON   OX9 4NL  

Principal or Manager:

Mr S Burkitt
Tel : (01844) 351488

RINGROSE TREE SERVICES
Blagrove Lodge
Fox Lane                                                  
Wooton
OXON OX13 6ED

Principal or Manager:

Mr S Ringrose
Tel: (01865) 735235  

Other Arboricultural Contractors 

NEW LEAF TREE SURGERY
29 Temple Road
Oxford OX4 2ET

Principal or Manager:

Mr N McGregor
Tel: 07919 557334

SYLVA TREES
The Boaters Box
Woodstock Road 
Oxford
OX2 7AH

Principal or Manager:

Mr P Ableson
Tel: (01865) 872945

OAK LEAF TREE SERVICES
‘Lattin Down Kiln’
The Ridgeway
Wantage
OXON OX12 8PA

Principal or Manager:

Ms H Gray
Tel: (01235) 767699 

TOWN AND COUNTRY TREES
32 Hill Crescent
Fiinstock
OX7 3BS

Principal or Manager :

Mr P Hodkinson
Tel : (0845) 4582980

ROBINSON’S TREES
4 (b) Farm Close Road
Wheatley  
OXON OX33 1UQ

Principal or Manager:

Mr R Robinson
Tel: 01865 874833

WILDER’S LANDSCAPE SERVICES
Chevins’
Hanney Road 
Southmoor
Abingdon
OXON  OX13 5HT

Principal or Manager :

Mr T Wilder
Tel : (01865) 300737

The Oxford Pruning Company 54, Lime Walk
Oxford   OX3 7AE
Principal or Manager:
Louie Allen
Tel. 07887 371 656
oxfordpruningcompany.com

The Arboricultural Association publishes a Directory of Approved Contractors and a Directory of Registered Consultants. Copies are available from:

The Secretariat                               Tel : (01242) 577766 
Arboricultural Association
Ullenwood Court
Ullenwood
Cheltenham
Glos. GL53 9QS

TO VIEW THE REGISTERS ON-LINE VISIT THE ARBORICULTURAL ASSOCIATION WEBSITE: www.trees.org.uk

For work specification see British Standard 3998:1989 ‘Recommendations for Tree Work’ which is obtainable from :

British Standards Institution, 
Sales Department
Linford Wood
Milton Keynes
MK14 6LE                                                                                                           

No recommendation is made or should be implied from the compilation of this list. When contacting a contractor or consultant please discuss whether or not any costs are involved in the preparation of a report, estimate or quotation. Also check that the consultant or contractor is appropriately trained and insured to carry out the work that you asking them to do.

 

design J H Clarke Monday, January 19, 2015 8:56 AM